The Medical Skills Learning Center (MSLC) at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center recently welcomed two new patient simulators to its family. Toddler simulator, Matty Cole (“medical”) and infant simulator, Mercy Lee, joined Conemaugh Memorial in early May.
Last year, Conemaugh Memorial treated 141 pediatric trauma patients, making continued training on pediatric patients a priority for current licensed professionals. In addition, potential users of the simulators include resident physicians in Emergency Medicine, General Surgery and Family Medicine, Conemaugh School of Nursing students, Pediatric staff and physicians, EMS and pre-hospital professionals, Emergency Department staff and medical students.
The child simulators join the Conemaugh Memorial adult simulator, Stan, in providing a safe environment for medical professionals to practice skills. Controlled by a member of the MSLC staff, the simulators talk, cry, bleed, sweat, adjust to change in position and interventions, replicate vital sign changes and provide real-life medical scenarios for users, including reproducing rare and complicated conditions.
“Simulation is proven to be useful in medical education and provides uniform exposure to patient encounters to develop and practice critical thinking and decision making skills,” says Dr. James Gregory, Critical Care Surgeon and Director of the Medical Skills Learning Center. “High risk situations can be created in a realistic manner without ever placing risk to a living patient.”
The new child simulators will allow medical training for Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Pediatric Life Support, Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course and Team Code Training. Skills that are practiced on the simulators include ventilation, chest compressions, ECG rhythm monitoring, defibrillation, chest tube insertion, IV and IO insertion, needle decompression, intubation and pulse palpitation.
An employee contest was held to name the grant-funded simulators. Winning names were submitted by Sarah Papcunik (toddler name) and Cathie Restivo (infant name).
About Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center (MMC), the flagship hospital of the Conemaugh Health System, is a regional referral hospital known for clinical excellence. Memorial has received HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence award for 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008 and 2007, for clinical outcomes which are among the Top 5% in the nation. Learn more at the Conemaugh Health System’s all new website, www.conemaugh.org.
About the Conemaugh Health System
Serving over a half-million patients each year through the Conemaugh Physician Group and Medical Staff, a network of hospitals, specialty clinics and patient focused programs; Conemaugh Health System (CHS) is the largest healthcare provider in West Central Pennsylvania with 4,500+ employees and 350 physicians. Conemaugh Health System (CHS) has been named an IMS Top 100 Integrated HealthCare Network for 2012.
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